Scholarship Essay Contest

2019 Essay Theme



About Our Scholarship Essay Contest

As the 22nd year of our essay contest. In 2019 the Connecticut Chapter will award one $1,000 scholarship to the Connecticut high school senior who wins our essay contest. As of this year, we will have awarded over $36,000 in scholarship money!

The winner will be announced in late May, and a check is mailed directly to the winner's institution of higher learning in August.

2018 Winners Announced!

Last year's theme, "Making the Case for Home Fire Sprinkler Systems", generated a lot of interest from high school seniors around the state. The winners, besides submitting the best essays, both related in real life to fire prevention efforts. 

Jayce Antrum, a graduate of Bristol Central High School in Bristol, Connecticut, experienced a devastating house fire when he was 12 years old. His family survived, but he will never forget the emotional and financial toll it took on them. Jayce is studying at UCONN bound as a 2nd generation “Husky” and has expressed his gratitude for scholarship to help defray his higher education costs.

Abigail Huebner, our second winner, is a graduate of Joseph A. Foran High School in Milford, Connecticut. Her father is a retired fire fighter and fire captain so she knows fire prevention from a very real perspective. Abigail is studying at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

Thanks to the generosity of our members and to the AFSA National Matching Grant's program, each student was awarded a $1,000 scholarship paid directly to their university. 

Congratulations to both winners!


*This Scholarship Essay Contest is open to Connecticut high school seniors.

*The scholarship prize is payable to the winner’s college/university or certified trade school in the United States; winner must enroll for classes beginning no later than Fall 2019 session.

*Each entry must include a Completed Application, Essay and one Recommendation Letter and must be received by the Executive Director of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Fire Sprinkler Association by May 15, 2019. 

*The Winner will be announced in late May. 

2019 Scholarship Application

Please print this page and include it with your Essay and Recommendation Letter:

Applicant's Name: ___________________________________________________ 

Address: _____________________________________________________________

City: ________________________________________________________ State: CT 

Zip: __________________________ Date of Birth: ________________________

Phone (_______) _____________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Information

Name: _______________________________________________________________

Daytime Phone: (______) _____________________________________________

Relationship to Applicant: ____________________________________________

High School Information

School Name: ________________________________________________________

Graduation Date: ____________________________________________________ 

Principal: _____________________________________________________________ 

Phone (_______) _______________________________________________________ 

City: _____________________________   State: CT    Zip: ____________________ 

Date of Senior Awards Ceremony at your school: _____________________


Submit an original essay titled, “Making The Case for Home Fire Sprinkler Systems”. Minimum of 1,250 words is required. Cite a minimum of four sources. Please have your name and address at the top of each page.

Certification - Please Complete

In submitting this application I certify that the information provided is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge. If requested, I agree to give proof of information I have given on this form. Falsification of information may result in termination of any scholarship granted. Sponsors are not responsible for lost, late, damaged, incomplete, illegible or postage due applications and essays. This application and essay become the property of AFSA and will not be returned. The sponsors reserve the right to edit, adjust, condense, modify publish and/or excerpt essays. Decisions of the administrator are final.

Applicant’s Signature __________________________________________________

Date ________________________

Parent / Guardian Signature ___________________________________________

Date ________________________

Send your complete application, essay and recommendation letter to Wendy Callahan, Executive Director, Connecticut Chapter of the AFSA, 85 Townsend Farm Road, Boxford, MA 01921. Or email your submission paperwork to Submission deadline is May 15, 2019.